2010 Fantasy Football: Season's Best Rookies Award Ceremony
Well,we're at the end of a long fantasy football season. By now you know the results of your league, either you're reigning champion or you're getting ready for next season. Looking back at the draft, there is a risky gamble that fantasy owners take every season and that is drafting a rookie. There is a high risk/high reward to the move. For instance, fantasy owners who drafted Adrian Peterson back in 2007 reaped the benefits. There were many rookies taken off the fantasy boards early this season in many leagues and those names included Ryan Mathews(San Diego Chargers), C.J Spiller(Buffalo Bills) and Jahvid Best(Detroit Lions). While many of those names had lackluster seasons, there were those rookies who either met or exceeded their expectations. This article will cover the rookies who were the best at their respective positions this year.
Quarterback: Sam Bradford (St. Louis Rams)
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The choice of the best rookie fantasy quarterback is obvious, Sam Bradford. While Bradford wins by default being the only rookie quarterback to start every game for his team this season, that is not to discredit him for his impressive rookie season. It is always tough to trust a rookie quarterback in fantasy football, but often Bradford was effective enough. Many fantasy owners had no other choice if they had names like Tony Romo or Brett Favre, quarterbacks who were injured or not playing up to expectations. With Bradford developing chemistry with receivers like Mark Clayton and Danny Amendola, picking up Bradford off waivers was a wise choice.
Notable Name- Tim Tebow(Denver Broncos)-looked like a great waiver pickup, but started too late in the season to be considered the best fantasy rookie quarterback this season.
Running Back: LeGarrette Blount (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
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Probably the easiest choice of the list. LeGarrette Blount ran away with fantasy football's 2010 best rookie running back. He is the only rookie this season to hit 1,000 yards. Blount was an undrafted rookie who was cut by the Tennessee Titans and then picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Much like Blount sat on the bench early on, he sat on waivers for awhile also. Slowly the Tampa offense gave more carries to Blount and he made the most of his opportunities early on to earn more playing time. Wise fantasy owners kept their eye on the development and started to pick Blount up off the waivers. As time went on, Blount was owned in the majority of leagues and became a weekly must start for fantasy owners.
Notable Name: Chris Ivory(New Orleans Saints)- Made the most of his opportunities with both Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas spending most of the season recovering from injuries.
Wide Receiver: Mike Williams(Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
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Yes, two Buccaneers in a row. Mike Williams is the clear choice for the best rookie receiver in fantasy football this season. He finished just shy of a 1,000 yard season, and became Josh Freeman's favorite target especially in the red zone. In deep leagues he was drafted in late rounds or went undrafted. He put up great numbers for fantasy owners who trusted the rookie receiver. It was apparent early on in the season that Williams was a dependable weekly starter. With two Buccaneers on this list, it is clear that they have a solid young core of players who are on the rise. Next season owners will be able to draft both Blount and Williams with confidence.
Notable Name: Jordan Shipley(Cincinnati Bengals)- While Carson Palmer didn't have the best season, Shipley put together a respectable 600 yard season especially for rookie standards.
Tight End: Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez (New England Patriots)
Yes, I'm picking two rookies for fantasy football's best tight end this year. The reason is that these two were the best rookie tight ends in football this year, and they both were used evenly in the Patriots offense. Before Hernandez got hurt for the last two weeks, he shared the snaps evenly with Gronkowski. The pair were favorite and trusted targets of quarterback Tom Brady. The two were the closest fantasy owners had to stable when starting a rookie tight end this year. Both will continue to flourish in the Patriots offense after a great rookie season. For fantasy football, look for these two to come off the draft board early next season.
Notable Name: Tony Moeaki(Kansas City Chiefs)- Moeaki put up great numbers this season and developed chemistry with quarterback Matt Cassel.